UK broadband provider to enter Rwandan market
London based emerging markets broadband provider, Augere, is set to expands its African operations with the launch of broadband services in Kigali. The UK firm announced its expansion plans to Rwanda and Tanzania this week, beginning with in Kigali in November this year.
Augere, which will be operating under the brand name Qubee will commercially launch its purpose built WiMAX wireless broadband network and it is expected to offer fast and reliable broadband Internet access. Once in place, the company said its services will further support economic development and create significant new opportunities.
"This is an exciting time for Augere. We are at the forefront of the broadband revolution in emerging markets, and the launch in Rwanda will greatly increase the opportunities for people in the region and for the Augere business," said David Venn, Global CEO of Augere.
Manzurul Alam, CEO of Augere East Africa, said that the firm will provide some of the best broadband services in the region."We are delighted to be bringing this new broadband service to Rwanda," Alam said. "I would like to thank the regulators for the opportunity to bring fast and reliable broadband to the region."
Efforts to get comment from the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority (RURA) were futile as they insisted they only speak to the media after receiving an official letter requesting for information.
Augere's principal shareholders include Harbinger Capital, France Telecom, New Silk Route and Vedanta Opportunity Fund as well as its founder, Sanjiv Ahuja.